Alumni Award Winners
|Steven White '66, M.S. '69|
|Edgar "Dusty" Bredbenner Jr. '50 Distinguished Alumni Award|
Steven White received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in audiology and speech-language pathology from Ithaca College and then earned a doctorate in audiology at Wayne State University. He is currently the director of health care economics and advocacy for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in Rockville, Maryland.
Steven began his professional career as a part-time instructor in the College’s Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and as a part-time speech-language pathologist with the Tompkins-Seneca Board of Cooperative Educational Services. He then became an instructor in the Communication Disorder Unit of Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.
He eventually moved on to Michigan State University, where he joined the audiology faculty as an assistant professor. He later served as clinical coordinator of audiology and director of graduate studies and admissions in the Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences.
Steven joined the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1981. Before assuming his current position, he served as ASHA’s director of health care reimbursement. An ASHA fellow, Steven is the association’s staff liaison to the American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology Editorial Panel and the AMA Relative Value Update Committee. He is coauthor of numerous publications, including the Medicare Handbook for Speech-Language Pathology and Negotiating Health Care Contracts and Calculating Fees. He contributes frequently to the ASHA Leader.
Throughout his distinguished professional career, Steven has remained loyal to IC. A member of the Ithaca College Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1995 to 2005, he served as president from 2002 to 2005. In addition, he chaired the board’s Alumni Clubs Committee and co-coordinated the College’s National Capital Area Alumni Club. In 2005 he began a three-year term as an alumni trustee on the Ithaca College Board of Trustees and at Commencement 2006 was the first alumnus to welcome the graduating class into the alumni association. Most recently, Steven and his wife, Irene Freudendorf White '68, M.S. '70, served as cochairs of the Washington, D.C., Executive Committee for the College’s successful capital campaign, Making a World of Difference. To honor Steven’s longstanding commitment to the College’s speech-language pathology and audiology department, the previously named Faculty Excellence Award was renamed the Steven C. White Faculty Excellence Award.
Steven and Irene married in 1968 and are the parents of Gregory, Jessica, and Allison.